NBC's upcoming drama The Cape is the only well-done superhero series to make it to television.  There have been many awful superhero shows on television. Some of the best have been Batman, Heroes (first season), The Flash and ALF. Some of the worst have been Black Scorpion, Night Man and Lois and Clark.

I watched the first trailer this morning. Maybe it's just because I'm a new father, but the scene showing Faraday reading a comic book with his son tugged at the old heart strings. The scenes where he manipulates his superhero cape to grab bad guys and turn invisible sent my "Geek Meter" to 11. It's got everything we want from a superhero show: cool costumes, super-villains, an origin scene and a likable main character. More important than anything, it takes itself seriously, but not too seriously.

Read more after the jump.

Here's the rather wordy synopsis:

“The Cape” is a one-hour drama series starring David Lyons (“ER”) as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, “Life on Mars”) and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, “Flash Forward”).
Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes “The Cape” his son’s favorite comic book superhero — and takes the law into his own hands.
Rounding out the cast are James Frain (“The Tudors”) as billionaire Peter Fleming – The Cape’s nemesis – who moonlights as the twisted killer: Chess; Keith David (“Death at a Funeral”) as Max Malini, the ringleader of a circus gang of bank robbers who mentors Vince Faraday and trains him to be The Cape; Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) as Orwell, an investigative blogger who wages war on crime and corruption in Palm City; and Dorian Missick (“Six Degrees”) as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and friend to Faraday.

Check out the trailer from Hulu:

Official website: http://www.nbc.com/the-cape/
Unofficial blog: http://www.capesite.net/

Do you feel The Cape be the best superhero show ever?
[Image from NBC]
Update: Rewrote article
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monkeymigraine said...

I dunno...capes have always been cool but controversial for superheroes. A guy whose cape is his power? Didn't Ben Edlund make fun of that in the Tick?

Maurice Mitchell said...

Both Alan Moore and Ben Edlund made fun of capes. It does sound silly until you see that the cape itself has amazing powers. "Made out of spider silk, it's light, but stronger than steel." Plus, he uses it like a whip to grab and pull things. Sweet man. Trust me. It will be awesome.


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